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Life Is A Cabaret with Paris Chansons

Jack Jasper, Julia Kantor & Max Cohen (Photo: THT)

Steamers Jazz at Campus Jax 9/13/20

By Valerie Milano


Newport Beach, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/14/20 – On a pleasant Sunday night at the stroke of sunset, Campus Jax in Newport Beach played host to the eclectic music of Paris Chansons, an international Jazz sextet that delivered their own version of French cooking for a friendly, enthusiastic outdoor audience of around 100 guests.

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Paris Chansons describes itself as a French band with a twist. It gives you oldies from songbooks of Piaf and Aznavour as well as Euro classics laced with folk melodies from Italy, Russia and Eastern Europe. The group is well drilled and combines Jazzy improvisation, Gypsy violin and the charisma of lead singer Julia Kantor to irresistible effect.


Paris Chansons is the musical baby of husband and wife team Jacob and Julia Kantor. Julia is Ukrainian born but spent her formative years in Paris absorbing the music and culture while hubby Jacob is a Russian born singer/songwriter/guitarist whose energized guitar work is the beating rhythmic heart of the ensemble.

Campus Jax owner Jack Jasper has done a great job providing the Newport Beach citizenry (and beyond) a socially observant, first rate entertainment option on Sunday nights with its Steamers Jazz series. Top notch music and Jack’s famous Spicy Buttery Shrimp is a slam dunk date-night combo that I’ll be indulging in more often. Life is indeed a Cabaret.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.